Directors & Stars
By Jurgen Fauth & Marcy Dermansky, About.com Guides
- Ingenues from Around The World
- World/Indie Film Hearthrobs
- Indie Queens
- Actors With Gravitas
- Independent Filmmakers
Ingenues from Around The World
Learn more about the fresh, young actresses that are captivating audiences with early, star making performances: Autrey Tautou, Ludivine Sagnier, Alice Braga, Tang Wei and many more.
World/Indie Film Hearthrobs
From Gael Garcia Bernal to Michael Pitt, a list of the most exciting young actors working in film today, worth our acclaim not only for good looks but strong performances in daring films.
The crown gets passed along but the former queens of independent film are never forgotten: Lili Taylor, Parker Posey, Christina Ricci, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Chloe Sevigny lead the list.
Actors With Gravitas
Now, these are actors -- Sean Penn, Gerard Depardieu, Philip Seymour Hoffman -- with the chops to carry a movie: from infidelity to war to the occasional farce, a list of greats who make cinema the powerful experience it is.
Like the New Wave movement in Europe, film has never been the same since the advent of the independent film. Jim Jarmusch introduced the slow-moving, off-kilter narrative with Stranger Than Paradise; a school of filmmakers have followed suit: from David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh, and the Coen Brothers, Mary Haron and Quentin Tarantino to a new generation of young talent.
Ground-breaking cinema is being made all over the world and making inroads to Hollywood domination: from Korea's Bong Joon-ho to Dogme innovator Lars von Trier to the infamous trio of Mexican filmmakers, Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo Del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Grand Masters of Cinema
The big guns: the filmmakers all cinephiles need to know.
The leading ladies from Bollywood: photo galleries, biographies, and filmographies of top Bollywood actresses including Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherjee, and Shilpa Shetty.
The leading men from Bollywood: photo galleries, biographies, and filmographies of top Bollywood actors including Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Vivek Oberoi, and Abhishek Bachchan.